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Govt contracts with social media websites still not revealed to court

Delhi high court rapped the government yesterday for failing to produce the contracts it has entered into with companies like facebook and google reported The Economic Times.

The government had sought time to place the contracts with the court in May and July but has still not produced them. This irked the bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva who posed questions to the government.

“Why are you not filing them (contract)? Why are you hiding them from us? Why aren’t you placing it? What is the hesitation? Why aren’t you doing it? It’s been five months since our 7 May, 2015 direction”

The court was hearing a petition filed by K N Govindacharya, a politician who alleged that the government has become the biggest “marketing agent” for these companies. The petition also says that the government is transferring its intellectual property rights to these companies by way of these contracts while the government is maintaining that the contracts are standard form in nature it was reported.

The next date of hearing in the matter is 28 October 2015 before which the government would have to share the contracts it has entered with facebook, youtube and google.

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